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Rhadi Bullard Ferguson Phd reviewed Gracie Apollo Beach
5
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Luis and Erin and dedicated practitioners to the sport and art of Jiujitsu. They are not only professionals but superb people. They come with the highest recommendation. If I lived in the area, they would be coaching both of my children.

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
2004 Olympian - Judo
BJJ Black Belt

Jean-Claude Governale reviewed Gracie Apollo Beach
5
via Facebook

I just signed up with GAB, as Luis was highly recommended by my close friend. After talking to Luis on the phone for 10 mins, I could hear his passion for BJJ as well as his professionalism. One thing I've noticed about this art, the further people advance, and the more time they are involved, the more humble they become, it truly is amazing.
Looking forward to the grand opening and the grind.

Matt Mulcahy reviewed Gracie Apollo Beach
5
via Facebook

Met Luis when i was living in Florida attending school. I was a blue belt he was a brown. I’m never going to forget how he went out of his way to answer questions i had on certain moves or certain positions, just because he “loved jiu jitsu and wanted to spread the art.” He’d stay before or after with me for as much as 20 minutes sometimes. That really stuck with me. Some of these moves he showed me years ago i still use! This is a guy who’s a CLASS ACT and a GREAT PERSON . Cannot recommend him enough!!!

Joshua Joel Valentin reviewed Gracie Apollo Beach
5
via Facebook

Luis is an amazing, passionate instructor. His knowledge and dedication to the sport is unmatched. He's great with kids and has extreme patience when teaching.

Luis is a great instructor and person, I highly recommend you train with him.

Katy Jean Moore reviewed Gracie Apollo Beach
5
via Facebook

You will never find another team of people teaching with the passion and love like Coach Luis and Erin. They are the most genuine people I have ever met. I would trust them with my life. They have taught me so much!!! Take your kids, teens, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, etc. to this school! You won’t regret it!

Robert Brenner reviewed Gracie Apollo Beach
5
via Facebook

Coach Luis is one of the most genuine people I know. He is passionate and really cares about his students. His passion, strong core values, and a very solid jiu jitsu game, makes Coach Luis an amazing instructor. If you're looking for a quality Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school, whether as an adult or for your kids...You can't go wrong with Gracie Apollo Beach.

Billy Quarantillo reviewed Gracie Apollo Beach
5
via Facebook

I’ve had the privilege to train and learn from Professor Luis, and Erin for several years now. The passion and knowledge they bring to the mats is top notch. Whether you are a brand new student or a seasoned vet, they will help you reach your goals and have fun doing it.

Michael Geery reviewed Gracie Apollo Beach
5
via Facebook

I have known and trained with Professor Luis since he was a purple belt. Luis is an amazing jiujitsu teacher and student! He's also one of the best kids instructors I know. If you are in the area and looking for a good school for you or your kids, you found it.

Chelsea Lugo reviewed Gracie Apollo Beach
5
via Facebook

I️ am still taking private lessons with Coach Luis and Erin Harpe and I️ have seen my technique sky rocket with their knack of breaking down the fundamentals so I can better understand and able to continually excel in this art. I’ve never felt so inspired to learn more until I️ met these two. I’ve known them since I️ started my journey and when it comes to teaching or just everyday life struggles these two are loyal til the very end. I️ can’t wait for the 24th!

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Prepare to Defend Yourself in Any Situation

Go Beyond Traditional Martial Arts and Learn to Defend Yourself

Our self-defense classes are built to give you the confidence to protect yourself and your family. It teaches students how to fight in real-world situations so that they’re never caught unprepared.

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Do you want to learn how to

defend yourself in all situations?

You feel vulnerable and want to defend yourself and your family.

You want an intense workout that builds muscle and increases dexterity.

You want the self-esteem boost that comes with knowing you can fight.

The dangers of the world are endless

Luckily there is a comprehensive solution…

Learning to defend yourself is about more than simply wielding a weapon. The truth is that amateurs who have weapons end up getting hurt with them more often than predators do – and that’s a real problem. There’s no point in arming yourself if you’re not also in the right condition to be able to act if you or someone you love is threatened.

you will grow with every class!

Our self-defense classes teach you how to defend yourself by building on your body’s natural reactions to being attacked and giving you the tools – and the strength – to disarm and defeat your opponents. As you train, you’ll build stamina and hone your reflexes until you are a fighting machine.

Defend Yourself in Any Situation

Nobody wants to be the victim of a crime, and yet it happens to people every day. The best way to avoid being harmed is to know how to defend yourself.

Self-defense training emphasizes teaching students how to react in real-life situations. It’s not theoretical – it’s practical and effective.

You won’t have to worry about figuring out how to translate your training outside of the school, because our instructors will help you do it.

OUR CLASSES ARE A KILLER WORKOUT

It can be hard to get a great workout without someone to push you. If you want to be a total badass, the treadmill isn’t going to get you there.

Our classes are intense...but FUN! Repetitive kicking and punching burn a ton of calories, and testing to move up a level requires mental and physical toughness. You’ll use every muscle.

Whether you want to lose weight or just get in the best physical shape of your life, we can help you do it.

Practical Self-Defense at its Best

One of the hardest things about learning self-defense is overcoming your natural instincts to learn new moves.

Our classes works with those instincts – such as bringing your hands up to protect your face – and turns them into powerful moves that allow you to defend yourself and drive attackers away.

You’ll learn to use the tools you have and combine them with traditional martial arts and other forms of fighting.

Relieve Stress and Anxiety

We all have to deal with stress and anxiety in our lives – from work, family, and everything else. You need to have a healthy outlet for it to stay healthy.

Our classes banish stress by burning it off. When you’re working out, you need to give over your body and mind to the process. There’s no room for worrying.

By the time you’re done working out, you’ll be flooded with endorphins and feeling a serious sense of accomplishment – and your stress will be under control.

You will never find another team of people teaching with the passion and love like Coach Luis and Erin. They are the most genuine people I have ever met. I would trust them with my life. They have taught me so much!!! Take your kids, teens, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, etc. to this school! You won’t regret it!

Katy Jean Moore

Luis is an amazing, passionate instructor. His knowledge and dedication to the sport is unmatched. He's great with kids and has extreme patience when teaching.

Luis is a great instructor and person, I highly recommend you train with him.

Joshua Joel Valentin

Met Luis when i was living in Florida attending school. I was a blue belt he was a brown. I’m never going to forget how he went out of his way to answer questions i had on certain moves or certain positions, just because he “loved jiu jitsu and wanted to spread the art.” He’d stay before or after with me for as much as 20 minutes sometimes. That really stuck with me. Some of these moves he showed me years ago i still use! This is a guy who’s a CLASS ACT and a GREAT PERSON . Cannot recommend him enough!!!

Matt Mulcahy

I️ am still taking private lessons with Coach Luis and Erin Harpe and I️ have seen my technique sky rocket with their knack of breaking down the fundamentals so I can better understand and able to continually excel in this art. I’ve never felt so inspired to learn more until I️ met these two. I’ve known them since I️ started my journey and when it comes to teaching or just everyday life struggles these two are loyal til the very end. I️ can’t wait for the 24th!

Chelsea Lugo

I have known and trained with Professor Luis since he was a purple belt. Luis is an amazing jiujitsu teacher and student! He's also one of the best kids instructors I know. If you are in the area and looking for a good school for you or your kids, you found it.

Michael Geery

I’ve had the privilege to train and learn from Professor Luis, and Erin for several years now. The passion and knowledge they bring to the mats is top notch. Whether you are a brand new student or a seasoned vet, they will help you reach your goals and have fun doing it.

Billy Quarantillo
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FAQs

Can learning Self Defense help me feel less vulnerable?

Yes. Self Defense teaches you to use your body and its capabilities to ward off attacks and stay cool in tense situations. You’ll feel prepared to handle anything that comes your way.

Is Self Defense a good workout if I want to lose weight and get in shape?

Absolutely. Self Defense is a high-intensity workout that pushes students to their physical limits. You’ll learn just how strong and powerful your body can be.

Is Self Defense effective in real-world situations?

Yes. In fact, the reason that Self Defense was developed in the first place is that its first practitioner, a young Czechoslovakian man, recognized the need for a self-defense method that went beyond sparring in a gym to incorporate street fighting and practical self-defense. Self Defense teaches students how to use their bodies effectively to defend themselves.

Can women study Self Defense?

Absolutely! Self Defense is designed to help people who might be smaller than their attackers to defend themselves, so it’s an ideal self-defense method for women to learn.

I don’t have any martial arts experience. Can I take Self Defense?

Yes, you don’t need experience to take Self Defense classes. There are levels of Self Defense just as there are in any martial arts discipline, so you’ll start at the bottom and work your way up.

Is there a belt system in Self Defense?

Yes, there are six levels: Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown and Black. You’ll have to test at each level before advancing to the next.

More Benefits

Self Defense builds core strength and flexibility.

Studying Self Defense increases self-confidence and self-esteem.

People who learn Self Defense carry themselves with pride.

Self Defense emphasizes the mind-body connection and helps students learn self-control.

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